Going Green This Halloween – Tips for a Plastic Free and Eco-Friendly Fright Night

Scary stuff This time last year we appeared on a local BBC radio station talking about the environmental impact of Halloween. For example, in the UK alone, Halloween costumes and accessories are responsible for 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles. And, shockingly, 90% of the Halloween costumes we buy contain …

Rethinking Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

Last week, I read a piece in The Telegraph by TV personality and writer Victoria Coren Mitchell, on “the joy of proper British holidays,” and it got me thinking. In the same way that last year it felt so good to watch more and more people rediscovering and embracing nature, this year it has been …

Peat Free Compost – Why Monty Don and Nature and Wildlife Charities are Leading the Call To Go Peat Free

On a recent trip to a garden centre to buy ericaceous compost (the more acidic variety, which we have found harder to make ourselves), we were once again reminded of the lack of available peat free options. When asking a member of staff for help, they appeared oblivious as to the reason for the question …

20 of the Best Books to Read on Climate Change, the Plastic Problem and Other Environmental Issues

With a growing range of books on climate change, the plastic problem and other environmental issues (some good, some not so) hitting the shelves, here’s our helpful guide to 20 of the best reads to get you started. And, if you’re after suggestions for children, check out our blog here. A Life on Our Planet: …

The Best Eco-Friendly Sunscreens – Ocean and Reef Safe SPF Sun Creams

Why are traditional sunscreens bad for the environment? Traditional (generally big brand) sunscreens often contain chemicals, including Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, that can harm or kill coral and marine life when they enter our rivers and oceans. Every time we bath or shower, wash our hands or swim outdoors having applied sunscreen, we risk introducing potentially toxic and …

Ethical and Eco-Friendly Easter Eggs – From Fairtrade and Plastic Free to Vegan and Organic

Easter eggs and the status quo An estimated 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold annually in the UK. According to the Retail Data Partnership, Cadbury has a 20% share of the UK confectionary market at Easter, with the top 10 selling brands as follows: 1. Cadbury2. Nestle3. Haribo4. Wrigley’s5. Galaxy6. Kinder7. Maltesers8. Maynards Bassetts9. Swizzels10. …

The Environmental Impact of Valentine’s Day – Show Our Planet Some Love

Roses are red, Violets are blue, ditch waste this Valentine’s Day, our planet needs you… If you’ve left thinking about your other half’s Valentine’s Day gift to the last minute, there’s good news and a get out of jail card with your name on it waiting. Every year in the UK we send more than …

Plastic Packaging: Which Supermarket Topped This Year’s League Table?

The events of the past year have inevitably pushed the plastic problem down the news agenda, whilst giving supermarkets fresh challenges to urgently address. But, as Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency’s’ (EIA) third annual report explains: “supermarkets still aren’t doing enough.” The report ranks the UK’s top ten supermarkets based on their progress in …

Recycled Ocean Plastic Sunglasses ~ Our Waterhaul Review

Item name: Sunglasses made from recycled ocean plastics Made by: Waterhaul Bought from: Waterhaul Description: Waterhaul is a social enterprise based in Newquay, Cornwall (UK) and already one of our favourite eco brands we’ve come across in the past year. Annually, 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets and equipment are carelessly lost or unnecessarily discarded in our oceans.Ocean Cleanup’s …

Our Review: The Salty Herb Handmade Bath Bombs

Item name: Handmade bath bombs Made by: The Salty Herb Bought from: The Salty Herb Description: Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Salty Herb is a small skincare business, founded in 2019, selling products including bath bombs, bath salts and body oils. Their simple but effective mission is: “to encourage people in a fast paced world to slow down …